Melancholia is a two-day international, multidisciplinary seminar exploring the topic of ‘melancholia’ from clinical, theoretical, film studies, and visual arts practice and curatorship perspectives. It will take place on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 November in the National Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7. What does this term mean and how is it understood, worked with and represented in different contexts? We will be looking at how meanings for the term have developed over time and how contemporary understandings of ‘depression’, the ‘sublime’ and ‘affect’ have been used to think about experiences of melancholia.

The programme includes a film screening, an art installation screening, an art performance, as well as a range of talks, responses and discussions with speakers specialising in the areas of clinical psychoanalysis/psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychology, visual arts practice and curatorship, and academic research fields, such as literary theory and criticism, philosophy, film studies, history, gender and sexuality studies, and art history and visual culture. The emphasis will be on discussion.

Invited participants include Caroline Bainbridge (University of Roehampton), Bice Benvenuto (Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, London), Cecily Brennan (visual artist, Dublin), Olga Cox Cameron (APPI, IFPP and St Vincent’s University Hospital), Amanda Coogan (performance artist, Dublin), Ann-Marie Delaney (visual artist, Dublin), Judy Gammelgaard (Danish Psychoanalytic Society and University of Copenhagen), Noreen Giffney (IFPP, IIPP and UCD), Tina Kinsella (visual artist and NCAD), Lisa Moran (IMMA and NCAD), Anne Mulhall (UCD), Ann Murphy (IFPP, TCD and visual artist), Isabel Nolan (visual artist, Dublin), Frances O’Dwyer (visual artist, Dublin), Mary Pyle (IIPP, IFPP and TCD), Emma Radley (UCD), Medb Ruane (APPI), Moynagh Sullivan (NUIM), Marie Walshe (APPI) and Eve Watson (APPI and Independent College Dublin).

This event is sponsored by the Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IIPP), the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP), the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland (APPI), the UCD Humanities Institute, and the UCD Centre for Gender, Culture & Identities. It is funded by the UCD Humanities Institute.

13 CPD points have been awarded by the Psychoanalytic Section of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy.

This event is organised by Noreen Giffney (IFPP, IIPP, UCD), Tina Kinsella (NCAD), Anne Mulhall (UCD), Emma Radley (UCD) and Eve Watson (APPI, Independent College Dublin).

Details of how to register are available here. In order to register, delegates need to confirm that they are available to attend all day on both days. Registration Fees: Full fee (waged): €60; Reduced fee (student/ clinical trainee/ unwaged): €30. The registration fee includes tea and coffee breaks and lunches on both days.

Places are limited so early registration is advised.

Further information is available from Noreen Giffney:


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